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Lean Business author revamps book

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Independent business consultant, author, and writer Jim Lewis has revamped and retitled his book. The book, “Story of a Lean Journey”, is now titled “The Journey to Excellence – Successfully Applying Lean Thinking in Your Business”.

“The Journey to Excellence” is available as an eBook through all of major retailers and through

Jim and co-writer Dave Irwin are currently working on another book titled “Testament to Lean Thinking – Cases for Change” that will be available soon.  Together, the books will allow all the tools and techniques of Lean to achieve business success.

Jim Lewis has worked in the furniture industry for more than 30 years with a special emphasis on facilitating the transformation to the Lean Business Philosophy.  Jim’s most recent book, “The Journey to Excellence – Successfully Applying Lean Thinking in Your Business,” chronicles the journey of one company through the lean transformation process.

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March 25, 2015 at 7:00 am

Vote Taghkanic Woodworking to receive Chase small business grant

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Taghkanic Woodworking is applying for an opportunity to receive a $150,000 grant from Chase. The Mission Main Street small business grant would allow the woodworking company to invest in updating technology and machinery.

In order to be eligible, the company needs at least 250 votes, which can be cast at You can vote for the company to be eligible for the grant now through Oct. 17.

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October 7, 2014 at 7:00 am

Maine wood-turning company rebrands gourmet kitchen products line

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Maine Wood Concepts, a 40-year-old company, has recently purchased Vic Firth Gourmet Kitchen Products and added it as a new division, and is rebranding the company’s rolling pins, salt and pepper mills and other kitchen items, Mainebiz online reports.

Maine Wood Concepts is owned by Fletchers’ Mill and makes hundreds of thousands of custom wooden Shaker pegs, toy wheels, dowels, and components for major game manufacturers and kitchenware makers. They purchased Vic Firth Gourmet for an upwards of $900,000 at the end of last year.

The new business could help kick up Maine Wood’s revenues by 30 percent this year, company President Douglas Fletcher told Mainebiz.

In a town with less than 1,000 residents, the mill employs more than 100 people. It’s a bustling plant with rows of lathes, spool machines, weinig moulders, back knife machines, CNC lathes, finishing processors and tumblers, Mainebiz reports.

Across the nation, only a few of the larger wood-turning companies continue to thrive, down from 85 mills in 2000, Mark Kemp, owner of Kemp Enterprises Inc. of Farmington and a longtime customer of Maine Wood told Mainebiz.

Changing Vic Firth’s brand to Fletchers’ Mill has proven to be a challenge. The first question was about quality, Fletcher told Mainebiz. To retain this, Maine Wood hired Vic Firth’s sales and marketing manager on the gourmet line, which helped assure their biggest clients that the quality would remain high. On the label, they added Made in Maine,” which Fletcher told Mainebiz also made a big difference. One problem was that some vendors with Vic Firth stock wanted Maine Wood to help pay for discount sell-offs of products that were still in stock.

Looking ahead, Fletchers’ Mill is a critical part of the business and Fletcher told Mainebiz that he expects substantial growth. He’s already struggling to keep up with demand, and says he’s contemplating how to handle that, perhaps by a second shift or improved equipment. Astonishingly, 20 percent of his payroll is for overtime work. In every one of Maine Wood’s divisions, business remains steady, including promotional items like yoyos and wooden nickels. Maine Wood makes 12 million wooden nickels a year, making it a world leader.

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July 22, 2013 at 7:00 am

Missouri hand-crafted wood product business takes off

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The Works, officially launched in April, is a Missouri woodworking company that makes handcrafted products from reclaimed barn wood, reports.

It all began during a simple conversation between friends during March of this year.

“We were talking about Jack’s old business, and we figured why not try it ourselves and see what happens,” John Jones, co-owner of The Works told thelickingnews.

Jones is a landscaper and a Licking, Mo. resident of 18 years, and Jack Smith is a former St. Louis union wood worker and cabinetry maker who recently relocated to the area.

The men work with a variety of saws and equipment in Smith’s garage to build a multitude of solid wood products including signs, portable bars, ice chests, framed tins, birdhouses, coat racks, and much more.

Customized orders are also part of their business, and a lot of them are crafted using either the barn wood or a finer wood, such as pine or cedar, upon request. The men can easily apply words and patterns to any of the wood items using a wood burner and stencils.

The products have a rustic feel to them, which has been an eminently popular trend in home décor for years. High Country Timber and Stone, L.L.C, located on Highway 63, towards Houston, currently exhibits The Works products. According to the site, in the near future, The Works will also have a booth at Storm’s Antique Mall.

The company takes orders by phone, but they also utilize social media as a marketing tool through their Facebook page, which hosts a large album of pictures of the different products.

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July 3, 2013 at 7:00 am

Yurts turned into worldwide woodworking business

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Beth McDonald of Massachusetts decided to downside from a 3,800-square foot home to one that she could build in 18 hours: a yurt, reports.

She purchased the yurt from Shelter Designs of Troy, Idaho, and put it up with the help of friends at a yurt-raising party. The company that makes the yurts is a growing enterprise located about 15 miles west of Troy near the Idaho border.

“We’re extremely remote,” Hays Daniel, 33, co-owner of Shelter Designs told the Daily Interlake. “People are always surprised to hear there is a busy manufacturing business in the middle of nowhere,” he said. “It’s very fitting for what we do and the materials we use. We work with a lot of local sawmills, and local people help to supply lumber for the yurts.

“Shipping is difficult, but we manage. We’ve become well-versed in crating and freight logistics.”

The shipping component to their business is important to master, as Shelter Designs’ yurts have been shipped to Tazmania, Australia, Hawaii and all over the continental United States. The yurts are delivered as kits, and the company has just finished creating a setup video along with a 30-page book of instructions.

It’s not too complicated to erect a yurt, though, Daniel told the Daily Interlake.

“You only have to make some small cuts, and you can use mostly hand tools,” he said. “When you set up the wooden frame, everything is sanded and oiled; the doors are hung and ready to go. There’s no shimming or trimming. Even on our largest yurts, a crew of three to five people can have it set up and done in one or two days.”

Daniel and co-owner Vince Godby, 45, are perfecting their yurt just as the trend of “glamping,” or glamour camping, is gaining steam. Yurts are the kind of structure that give resort guests the opportunity to sleep in a warm insulated structure on a nice bed, but still feel as if they’re surrounded by their natural environment.

Commercial yurt purchases are on an upswing, Daniel said, as conservation groups, campgrounds, farmers and places that need to provide employee housing are discovering the convenience and cost savings of yurts. Shelter Designs yurts are being sold about half to commercial and half to residential customers, Daniel said.

Yurts are fairly portable, but they’re not a tent, Daniel emphasizes.

“We use high-tech architectural fabrics, it’s not canvas,” Daniel said. “It’s generally a vinyl-coated polyester with welded seams.”

Yurts can run as small as 16 feet in diameter to new 40-foot diameter yurts that offer 1,256 square feet in one room. The 30-foot diameter yurt is 707 square feet.

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March 8, 2013 at 7:00 am

Woodwork Career Alliance reports early success

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The professional woodworkers of North America are recognizing the benefits of the Woodwork Career Alliance Program. Only two years after the official launch, the program reported 150 passport holders in 32 states and provinces, and 57 accredited skill evaluators (ASE).

Also, Kentucky adopted the program as the certification requirement for high school woodworking students, the first state to do so. The program has completed ASE training for North Carolina woodworking teachers, and a significant portion of the woodworking teachers in Michigan.

ASE training is also scheduled for New England, Washington, Oregon and New York this fall. Credential benefits to passport holders include portability, written records, time authentication, career path documentation and exportability from your computer. For more information go to

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August 29, 2012 at 7:00 am

Comment from Alan Beaulieu: ‘If selling is in your future – move quickly’

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In an article from the June 2012 issue of Cabinetmaker+FDM, “If selling is in your future – move quickly,” consultant George Spilka, president of George Spilka and Associates, advises that company owners looking to sell their businesses do so by 2014. |
Alan Beaulieu, president of forecasting firm ITR Economics (, commented in response to this article with an opposing long-run view of the economy. 
Beaulieu said in response to Spilka’s article: “There is so much to disagree with that a comment or two is not possible other than the author is overly pessimistic and seems to be ignoring the positive attributes in the U.S. economy. His end-of-decade Great Depression scenario underestimates the need for a healthy U.S. dollar and the world’s willingness to finance our debt for a long time.”

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May 31, 2012 at 7:00 am

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